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Douglas remains a Category 3 into Friday night.

by Thunda
At 8:00 PM HST, the center of Hurricane Douglas was
located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 145.9 West. Douglas is
moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph (31 km/h). This motion
is expected to continue through Saturday, followed by a slight
decrease in forward speed and a turn toward the west. On the
forecast track, Douglas will be near the main Hawaiian Islands
Saturday night through Sunday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher
gusts. Douglas is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale. Gradual weakening is expected to continue
through the weekend. However, Douglas is still forecast to be near
hurricane strength when it nears the islands.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105
miles (165 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 971 mb (28.67 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

WIND: Hurricane conditions are possible on the Big Island late
Saturday night and Sunday, with tropical storm conditions possible
by Saturday evening. Hurricane conditions are possible over Maui
County Sunday, with tropical storm conditions possible beginning
late Saturday night. Hurricane conditions are possible on Oahu
Sunday night, with tropical storm conditions possible Sunday.

SURF: Large swells generated by Douglas are expected to affect
the Hawaiian Islands this weekend. These swells are likely to cause
life-threatening surf and rip current conditions for a couple of
days.

RAINFALL: Heavy rainfall associated with Douglas is expected to
affect portions of the Hawaiian Islands from late Saturday night
through Monday. Total rain accumulations of 6 to 10 inches with
isolated maximum totals of 15 inches are possible, especially
in higher terrain. This rain may result in life-threatening
flash flooding and land slides.

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